28 Days: The Sandy Hook Promise

Welcome to 28 Days– a soulcare series designed to help us live intentionally in the aftermath of the Newtown Tragedy. Please join us as we explore 28 ways to engage in this sobering reality with honesty and hope. For Facebook covers and more information click here. Thank you for being here today. 

I did not want to write a post today, on this the one month anniversary of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary.
I did not want to remember.
I did not want to lean in.

Then I saw these high school students from Newtown, who are living so much closer to the pain.
So much closer to the struggle.
And surprisingly, so much closer to hope.

May they inspire you to make good promises today.

“This is a promise…

…to choose love, belief, and hope–not anger, when our hearts are filled with unbearable pain
…to seek no agenda other than to make our community and our nation a safer, happier place
…to have conversations on all the issues, where listening is as important as speaking
..to move forward with purpose and strength

This is a promise:
to choose love,
to love everyone,
and to start now.”

I’m making the Sandy Hook Promise, to seek no agenda other than to make our community and our nation a safer, happier place.

Click here to spread the good word.

Today’s healing act is in memory of Rachel D’Avino, 29. Born in Waterbury, Rachel received her undergraduate degree from the University of Hartford and her Masters from Post University. She was working toward her Doctorate at the University of St. Joseph of Hartford. Rachel loved karate, cooking, animals, photography and her two younger siblings.  Her passion was her occupation as a behavioral therapist working with children within the autism spectrum. She likely didn’t know it when she died, but her best friend was about to propose. He had recently asked Rachel’s parents for permission, and he was planning to ask for her hand in marriage on Christmas Eve.  The family asks that donations be made in Rachel’s memory to Autism Speaks, an advocacy organization.  *source info

 More from 28 Days:

 Response to Connecticut: A Prayer. A Plea.
An Ongoing Response
Tools for Tragedy
28 Days Main Page (info/graphics)
Day 1: The Healing Power of Whimsy (600 Monsters)
Day 2: Inhale Compassion, Exhale Love

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Laurie January 14, 2013 at 8:00 pm

“This is a promise:
to choose love,
to love everyone,
and to start now.”
Could it really be that easy? It certainly couldn’t hurt to try, and hope for the best. Rachel ‘s passion was to be of service to children and their families who needed her open, loving heart. It would be an honor to choose love in the memory of her, and everyone lost and affected by that loveless, senseless act of violence. They deserve at least that from us.
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